Saturday, 30 November 2013

50 Bloglovin' Followers!

Yay! I just (well maybeeee two days ago) hit 50 bloglovin' followers! I know some of the other bloggers are doing that giggling thing, going, she's only got 50? Well, 50 and proud, honey. And it will grow on from there!

I just wanted to thank all my bloglovin' followers, and I hope to see you more of you guys. I've been checking out some of your blogs too, so if you have any new follows or comments, you know where it cam from.

Bloglovin' is a site where you can link up your blogs, whichever creating site they come from. And everyone can follow you, your blog and make comments. It's really handy... and of course, no one can find the follow button on blogger! Which makes it all the more useful ^^

Really, this post was just to say thank you. But you shall see me updating later on today as well with a new video..?

So, do stay tuned! Bye catastrophes!

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Generally Lazy

Hey everyone. I know we all feel like this sometimes:


So what should we do? It's good to be lazy when it's time to relax... but what about when you have something you just know you should be doing?

Reward yourself and then work. You can watch a film... as long as you get back to work afterwards. But it must be a limited reward. Not when you go onto Youtube and endlessly watch videos. That just doesn't help xD

Take breaks often. Work for half an hour, have ten minutes off. Works for me!

Get up and do something active. Play a sport, take a quick jog, anything that sharpens the senses for a little bit so you are active and focused afterwards.

Listen to upbeat music because it's less slow and relaxing than smooth music. You're trying to wake up!

Do not eat. Just snack. What do most people do when they're bored? That's right, they eat. So don't! But do keep your mouth moving. Most people using chewing gum... but if you want a healthy action, just put some dried cornflakes in a bowl. Slowly crunch away and work on what you need to do...

Turn off social media sites Definitely one of the hardest for most people. But I did my work so much faster when I managed this. You wouldn't be able to believe how much time you save.

I hope this helps! Right, I better stop being lazy myself and get to doing some homework. Adieu!

Olivia-Savannah x

Friday, 22 November 2013

How to write a book review

Hello again! Just because I said I would post weekly at the very least, it didn't mean at the very most :3

This may seem obvious, but first you have to read the book! I know lots of people skip this step, but it can never make the review as good as it can be. Also, if you start out reading knowing you’ll have to write a review at the end, a handy thing to have is some sticky notes so you can mark quotes or interesting phrases. All through the review, write to an audience who has never read the book before. Explain even the simplest of things.

Writing the review:

1.      Introduction: Start out with listing the title and author. Give a brief synopsis of the book. If your book isn’t the first in the series, this synopsis needs to fill in all that is necessary to understand this book as well.

2.      Who are the main characters? Anything unique about these characters that are different from the usual human? Maybe there are more than one, and it would be ideal to show the relation between the two. You could focus on their personality, role in the book or outward appearance. This depends on you and your taste.

3.      Time to tackle setting. This could be simple because it is based in modern times. If this is the case, why do you think its set in this time period and not some other? If it’s a fantasy book, does the setting reflect this in any way? You would need to explain the setting as well if it is set in the future and the past.

4.      You’ve given a brief synopsis of the whole novel or series, but now it’s time to dig in and give as many details as you can. Pull as many quotes out of the hood as you please. They’re perfect for now. What happens in the story? How does the genre fit in there? How do the characters react to the climax of the plot? Break the story down into beginning, middle and end. Is there a theme to the novel? A message that is trying to be brought across? Mention what it is, and how the author sends this message in his writing. (Quote!)

5.      Now it’s time to either compliment or insult the writer. Not from you to the author, but you to the style of writing. Which person is it, which tense? Does this work or not work, and for what reason? Are all the sentences long or short, is the language too complicated? It’s time to bug the technical side of the work…

6.      Last but not least, we finally get to hear the words ‘In my opinion.’ What did you think of the book? What rating would you give it, and who would you recommend it to? Did you love it or hate it, and why? This is basically the conclusion.

I hope this helps with writing any reviews that you need to! Do you think I left any important steps out, or would you do it differently? Have some reviews you would like us to read through for you?
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

School grades: Make you or break you

Hey there~

I'm so sorry for my infrequent posting! I promise you will get to hear from me very Saturday at some point - and hopefully with something new, not just an apology post! This one is about school grades, especially just because I got mine in school. They were pretty good, but I was torn up anxious about them. So, do school grades make you or break you?

First of all, when it comes to waiting for reports, my advice is not to panic. If you've done your best (and even when you haven't) a grade is just a number in the end. And you can't change what you've done. So breathe, the report will come whether you want it to or not.

But PARENTS! What will mine say?! I got a 4 out of 10! GAH! - Calm down! Everyone is entitled to one bad grade, and as well as this, how have your grades in other subjects look? If not too bad, don't panic. Just work harder at the next assignment. Parents might yell at you, or ground you, but really they just want you to do well. Hopefully the idea of not being grounded will motivate you during your work. And the grades are for you actually, not them.

When you've got your grades, whether good or bad, reward yourself. I mean, you've just been through a whole semester of work! Gah, homework... it put aside your social life, sleeping hours and freedom. Although you should be taking breaks and giving yourself small rewards while you do it, I think report time = big reward time. Have a day to relax, a day shopping or buy that expensive box of chocolates that you've wanted for a while....

What's my reward you ask? I haven't actually thought of that... but a Primark is opening nearby soon, and when it is, I'm spending a day in town! And I'm going to focus on this blog a lot more... I promise!

Till the next week ;)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Happy November!

Hey! It's a new month, it hasn't snowed yet, what are you waiting for?
The Christmas holidays of course :P

But don't fear, to keep you entertained until then I will be firing you with blog posts and videos! So when you need a break from all that stress, just jump over here!

Let's get it started by welcoming the new month with all the events :D

Olivia-Savannah x